Losing loved ones due to fatal on-the-job injuries will always be traumatic experiences, regardless of citations and penalties issued to negligent employers. Following a recent report of citations totaling over $40,000 that were issued to a California date producing company, the sister of the deceased worker said that, although it will not bring her brother back, it might prevent similar tragedies. Safety authorities maintain that most fatal workplace accidents are preventable by complying with safety regulations.
A federal mandate for all commercial trucks to be fitted with electronic log machines took effect in December. This will hopefully prevent many fatal workplace accidents that result from fatigued truck drivers in California whose demanding delivery schedules force them to drive for more hours than allowed by safety regulations. Many drivers claim their employers threatened to fire them if they did not falsify their paper logs, which were the only method of record keeping up to now.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health prescribes guidelines and regulations to keep workers safe in all industries. However, many employers disregard those rules, especially at busy times of the year, and that could lead to workplace accidents. Fulfillment centers are bustling in December, and massive volumes of merchandise are moved in facilities of companies like Amazon.
California employees in the manufacturing industry typically face a host of safety hazards every day -- many of which could be life-threatening. Any owner of an industrial plant has a significant responsibility to protect the safety and health of employees. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health expects employers to comply with the prescribed safety regulations to prevent workplace accidents.
Workers in the oil and gas industry in California and other states frequently put their lives on the line. Fatal workplace accidents continue to happen at oil wells despite the strict safety regulations with which employers must comply. Such an incident claimed the life of an employee in another state on a recent Monday afternoon.
The vehicular activity at distribution centers such as those operated by FedEx can be dangerous. This was underscored when a man lost his life at one of the company's distribution centers in California. Third-party cases such a this one in which injury or death is caused by the negligence of someone not linked to the victim's employer often end up in civil court.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says logging ranks near the top of the list of hazardous occupations nationwide. With the lingering drought in California that has killed more than 100 million trees along with the results of recent wildfires, tree removal crews from all over the country have come to work here. Sadly, several lives have been lost in workplace accidents in the process.
It is difficult to understand how employers can knowingly expose their employees to hazards that can cause life-changing injuries. Workplace accidents that cause amputation injuries because business owners do not want to spend money on safety devices are unacceptable. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently reported that it had completed an investigation into a January incident when an on-the-job accident caused a worker to lose three fingers.
Business owners in California are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. Safety training must be provided to all workers to ensure the prevention of workplace accidents. Furthermore, those who are tasked with operating dangerous equipment such as forklifts must be properly qualified to do so, and even then, they must comply with safety regulations.
Summer is not the only time when people across the country celebrate with fireworks. New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year, weddings and baseball games may incorporate fireworks displays to the surprise and delight of many. However, the personal possession and use of fireworks is carefully limited by California law and with good reason. Fireworks can be dangerous, even deadly, to untrained users, and even the most careful handlers of the explosives may end up seriously injured or worse. Those who handle fireworks for a living are constantly at risk for workplace accidents.